King’s College London says it will pay its healthy male academics, aged 25 to 40, to take the illegal drug Cocaine so they can research its effects.
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King’s College London is looking for guinea pigs to take cocaine as part of a study on the illegal drug.
Students at a top British university have been asked to snort cocaine.
King’s College London says it will pay its healthy male academics, aged 25 to 40, to take the illegal drug so they can research its effects.
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But those hoping for a quick fix will be in for disappointment as recreational users have been banned from taking part.
Student doctors and dentists are also not permitted to sign up for the clinical trial.
An email for the “important scientific study,” approved by the London Westminster Research Ethics Committee, was sent out last week.
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“After cocaine administration, repeated biological samples (blood, urine, hair, sweat, oral fluid) will be taken to compare and investigate how cocaine and its metabolites are spread through the human body,” the email said.
Participants will not be able to cut or dye their hair for the duration of the 120-day study, which is being supervised by the clinical toxicology department at St. Thomas’ Hospital, according to The Independent.
A King’s College spokesman said the purpose of the study is not to be sniffed at — and upheld the need to do research on the drug.
“This is an important scientific study to investigate how cocaine and its metabolites are spread through the human body,” he said.